Illinois has been the home of four Presidents. Two of them are honored with statues at the state Capitol. I propose to add a third: Ronald Reagan, Eureka College Class of 1932. Last week I met with sculptor Lonnie Stewart and Eureka College Senior Vice President Michael Murtaugh, as well as Architect of the Capitol Committee members Brad Bolin and Mark Flowers and Architect of the Capitol Andrea Aggertt to discuss the possibility of honoring our nation’s 40th President and our district’s favorite son with a statue somewhere on the Capitol grounds.
We want to ensure that our cash-strapped state’s taxpayers do not end up stuck with the bill, so we are looking at ways to accept private donations for the creation, acquisition and placement of the statue. There will be much more discussion to come, but I believe we are moving this project in the right direction.